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missions into the heart of nazi germany during world war ii. thousands of u.s. airmen serving as pilots and crew members, including lieutenant colonel james misuraca. >> we were told when we flew a mission, if you get in trouble today over germany and you can't make it back, go to switzerland. >> reporter: switzerland was a neutral country and considered safe, so that's where misuraca's b-24 bomber headed after it was badly hit. he and his fellow crew members were detained by the swiss military. when they tried to escape, they were sent to an internment camp. after the war, many considered the men cowards who hid in switzerland to avoid combat. >> that's my grandfather's crew. >> reporter: that did not set well with army major dwight mears, whose grandfather lieutenant george mears was imprisoned there. the iraq war veteran spent 15 years researching what happened to the airmen and made the case to the air force that they deserved recognition. >> they were left with the perception that what they had done was dishonorable. what i wanted to do was reverse that stigma and show these airmen
a conference call with the leaders of germany, france, great britain, and italy about hitting key sectors of the russian economy, like energy and banking, with new sanctions. the consensus along the leaders at least for now is to wait, but today the president said this: >> what we've been trying to do is to continually raise the costs for russia of their actions while still leaving the possibility of them moving in a different direction, and we-- you know, we'll continue to keep some arrows in our quiver in the event that we see further deterioration of the situation over the next several days or weeks. >> reporter: while the u.s. and its partners in are holding off on those tougher sanctions, they will be ready as early as monday with new financial penalties on those back pro-russian forces in ukraine. but, scott, the president conceded here in seoul that so far, efforts targeting individuals have done little to deter russian aggression. >> pelley: major, thanks very much. earlier sanctions are hitting the russian economy. today, standard & poors cut nk bond level.t rating to near- russi
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